Life savers put through their paces

File photo: SuppliedBefore they take to the beaches across the Kempsey, Port Macquarie, Taree and Forster regions this month, lifeguards from the Australian Lifeguard Service (ALS) wereput through their paces in Forster to ensure they enter the summer season in peak condition.
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Ahead of what promises to be a busy summer watching, the lifeguards undertook a gruelling testing session where they completed a rigorous pool session before hitting the beach for rescue scenario training exercises.

The day’s activities are designed to not only test their fitness and conditioning levels but also refresh their knowledge before returning to duty.

The event took place a day after all the local beaches were reopened after Colin Rowland was attacked by a great white shark on December 1 at The Ruins, Booti Booti National Park.

“As a precaution an extra jetski was tasked to the area to do a sweep. There wasn’t any doubt that the event would happen – though if it was deemed necessary a contingency plan would have been implemented,” Surf Lifesaving NSW’ Liam Howitt said.

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MidCoast Council lifeguard supervisorWarren Keegan said the training days were an important milestone for all lifeguards.

“The lifeguards are all very professional, they know the high standards we expect of them and have worked diligently throughout the year to ensure that they reach them,” Mr Keegan said.

“These training and testing sessions are extremely important for everyone involved in the ALS as they are not only a great opportunity to build team spirit, but also the chance to see where their fitness and skills are at ahead of the season.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to catch up with those from other council areas as well and build on the culture that is well established,” he concluded.

Lifeguards from the ALS will be patrolling beaches in the Kempsey, Port Macquarie, and MidCoast Council areas from mid-December.

Tips to keep safe include swimming between the red and yellow patrol flags; read the safety signs for information about the beach and ask a lifesaver or lifeguard for safety information; always swim with someone else so you can look out for each other, and always supervise children around the water; never swim under the influence of alcohol or drugs; if you need help in the water, stay calm and attract attention by raising one arm; in an emergency, dial Triple Zero Police;be sun safe by slipping on some protective clothing, slopping on some sunscreen, slapping on a hat, slidingon a pair of sunglasses, seekingsome shade and sipping on lots of water to stay hydrated.

For information about patrol times, weather, and beach locations visit the Beachsafe Website or download the app.

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